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Franklin, H Bruce

(1934-2024) US critic and academic, a cultural historian in various positions at Stanford University from 1961, in that year giving one of the earliest university courses in sf in the USA. In 1972, despite holding tenure, he was dismissed by Stanford for making speeches allegedly inciting students to riot against the university's involvement in the Vietnam War – a case well known to those interested in questions of academic freedom. He became full professor, again with tenure, at Rutgers ...

Wu, Frank

(1964-    ) American artist and author, although he primarily earns his living by applying knowledge garnered from his PhD in bacterial genetics to the field of patent law. As a writer, Wu has mostly published short satirical pieces, some in the Journal of Irreproducible Results, although "Worlds in Collusion: A Planetary Romance" (in Visual Journeys, anth 2007, ed Eric Reynolds) attempts to strike a more serious note in describing an unusual romance. ...

Jäger, Willigis

(1925-2020) German monk and author of Der Alte aus Atlantis (1982; trans Ingrid Racz as The Old Sage of Atlantis 1995) as Willigis, in which an explorer examining Mayan ruins finds the Underground domain of a survivor of Atlantis, who transmits the story of its splendour and its fall. [JC]

Yoshioka Hitoshi

(1960-2023) Japanese author closely associated with the visual media, whose vast output and populist panderings often occlude his deeper efforts at Satire and more mature experiments in Recursive SF. Dropping out of Waseda University partway through a literature degree, he worked part-time at the Anime company Studio Hard, and made his professional debut novelizing the non-sf film ...

Gandon, Yves

(1899-1975) French author. His Le dernier Blanc (1945; trans A M as The Last White Man 1948) depicts, on familiar lines, the chemical warfare of the future featuring a toxin deadly only to whites (see Race in SF). Other sf works include Après les hommes ["After Men"] (1963), involving an ethical ferromagnetic race in the Far Future, and La ville invisible ["The Invisible Town"] ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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